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Johnny Cash Lyrics

I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that's real

The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything

What have I become
My sweetest friend?
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end

And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

I wear this crown of thorns
Upon my liar's chair
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair

Beneath the stains of time
The feelings disappear
You are someone else
I am still right here

What have I become
My sweetest friend?
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end

And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

If I could start again
A million miles away
I will keep myself
I would find a way

Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Trent Reznor

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Mr. sadlilweeb

A quick google and wikipedia search lead me to this interview with Trent and this question:

Geoff Rickly: How did you feel the first time you heard Johnny' Cash's rendition of "Hurt"'? How did you feel when you realized it would be his last will as a musician?

Trent Reznor: Rick Rubin has been a friend for a long time, and he called me asking how I felt about Johnny covering "Hurt." I was flattered, but frankly, the idea sounded a bit gimmicky to me. I really didn't put much thought into it, as I was working on something at the time and was distracted. A few weeks later, a CD shows up with the track. Again, I'm in the middle of something and put it on and give it a cursory listen. It sounded... weird to me. That song in particular was straight from my soul, and it felt very strange hearing the highly identifiable voice of Johnny Cash singing it. It was a good version, and I certainly wasn't cringing or anything, but it felt like I was watching my girlfriend fuck somebody else. Or something like that. Anyway, a few weeks later, a videotape shows up with Mark Romanek's video on it. It's morning; I'm in the studio in New Orleans working on lack De La Rocha's record with him; I pop the video in, and... wow. Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps... Wow. I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore. Then it all made sense to me. It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. Some-fucking-how that winds up reinter-preted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning-dif-ferent, but every bit as pure. Things felt even stranger when he passed away. The song's pur-pose shifted again. It's incredibly flattering as a writer to have your song chosen by someone who’s a great writer and a great artist.

straight copied and pasted that sucker so they're not my grammatical errors
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Yair Sasson Art

Closing that piano was like closing his coffin. That is truly one of the most emotional songs ever.

The Joker

The only one I would put above it is "Lazarus" by David Bowie

Raquel Lopez

Iiiuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu the best of


one of the most emotional songs ive ever listened to. truely amazing.


Ball like a baby evertime.

Nick Giannatelli

@ルFeitan heaven may not..but souls most certainly do

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He's 71, his voice is wearing out, he's 6 months away from dying, but he still picked up his guitar and did the best he could do. LEGEND!

Cristopher Ángel

is a true legend

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@DjAmaratzi its actually originally by Trent Reznor of Nine inch Nails


@ItouseWell I'm sure he composed the melody, tempo and vocals you brat. Go back to listen to Taylor Swift you juvenile.

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